Connacht  players Robbie Henshaw, former All Blacks ace  Mils Muliaina and Fionn Carr model  this season’s jersey, sponsored by   Life Style Sports. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Already the decision of Robbie Henshaw to remain in Connacht seems justified on a number of fronts, not least with the arrival of Mils Muliaina.Muliai(...)

Jonathan Sexton reacts during Racing Metro’s French Top 14 match against Union Bordeaux-Begles (UBB)at Chaban Delmas Stadium in Bordeaux at the weekend. Photograph: Nicolas Tucat/AFP/Getty Images

Additional financial support, most probably from Leinster and sponsors, helped bridge some if not all of the sizeable gap between the lucrative fou(...)

Rob Kearney and Brian O’Driscoll share a lighter moment during a Leinster squad training a session at UCD ahead of the Pro 12 final on Saturday. Photograph: Inpho

The most exciting moment for the Donnybrook crowd last Friday night came five minutes before kick-off. That’s when the senior Leinster players made(...)

 Toulon’s Bryan Habana is tackled by Munster’s Simon Zebo during the Heineken Cup semi-final. Photo: Billy Stickland/Inpho

For the Irish provinces, April is indeed becoming the cruellest month. Ulster, Leinster and latterly Munster all bade adieu to the Heineken Cup(...)

Rocky Elsom (left) is tackled by George Chuter and Tom Croft of Leicester in the 2009 Heineken Cup final. The signing of Elsom has hugely important in the Irish province making the big breakthrough in claiming victory in Europe’s premier competition.   Photograph: Graham Stuart/Inpho

Back in the summer of 2008, Michael Cheika asked (more likely thumped the table and screamed) for an influx of quality overseas players. Leinst(...)

Brian O’Driscoll walks off with his teammates after beating Toulouse away from home in the 2006 Heineken Cup quarter-final. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

With Toulon currently the Everest of European rugby, Leinster’s evolution in France sees them attempt to scale the highest peak tomorrow. It’s also(...)

Leinster coach Matt O’Connor: repeats his assertion that developing a player of Heineken Cup/Test standard takes time, and without Jamie Heaslip and Seán O’Brien “you would lose the transitional pieces”.  Photograph: Inpho

Mick Dawson is in his 13th year as chief executive of the Leinster Branch. In that time the organisation has undergone quite a transformation, from an(...)

Leinster loosehead Jack McGrath drives forward during their Heineken Cup clash against Northampton at Franklin’s Gardens, Northampton last month. The St Mary’s player has started two cup games this season so far. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

These are trying times for Leinster. Their chief playmaker, Johnny Sexton, and their stellar overseas signing, Isa Nacewa, having moved on at the end (...)

Leinster bade farewell to Joe Schmidt, Johnny Sexton and Isa Nacewa with an entertainingly won double of the Rabo Pro12 and the Amlin Challenge Cup, thereby winning their sixth major trophy in six seasons and the 12th for Irish rugby in eight seasons. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

In the minds of most Irish rugby supporters, 2013 would be instinctively deemed a non-vintage year. Certainly it was a year of missed opportunities an(...)

Leinster’s Zane Kirchner skips away from a tackle by Northampton Saints’ Ken Pisi during the Heineken Cup win last Saturday. Photograph: Tony marshall/PA Wire

“Kirchner has divided opinion. Does he have the creative qualities to lead a Springbok counter-attack against the Wallabies? Or does his selection at (...)